World (AUV) Autonomous Underwater Vehicles Market Forecast

World (AUV) Autonomous Underwater Vehicles Market Forecast
Report considers the prospects for this truly market-changing technology and values the future markets for AUV manufacturers to 2019.
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Forecast expects major market growth over the next five years. The size of the existing fleet of reportedly active vehicles, stands at 560 in 2012 (up from 390 in 2009) and Douglas-Westwood forecast this to rise to 930 by 2016.

Sectors of the AUV market are already rapidly maturing and the value of the technology is receiving widespread acceptance in applications such as deepwater seabed mapping for the oil & gas industry, in ocean research and mine counter-measures surveys. The sector is also evolving, with pre-commercial activity evident in oil & gas life-of-field and pipeline inspections, together with increasing use of low-logistics vehicles and those designed for shallower waters and flexible deployments. In addition there are potentially significant developments in many areas such as civil hydrography programmes and for ultra-long endurance missions in both the ocean research and military sectors.

Awareness is growing with AUVs receiving increased media coverage since their involvement in the post-incident monitoring of the Macondo blow-out in the US Gulf of Mexico and in the search for the flight data recorders from Air France flight 447 off Brazil.


  • Executive Summary & Conclusions– overview of key report findings, market forecasts, comparison with the previous edition and conclusions.
  • An Introduction to Unmanned Underwater Vehicles– overview of ROV vehicle types and their purpose, rationale & technical evolution of AUVs, significant points in AUV history.
  • Applications - why AUVs?– the alternatives, advantages of using AUVs. Description of AUV applications including commercial oil & gas related activities submarine telecoms cables, military, ocean research and others.
  • AUV Technology– hull shape & size, power, propulsion and manoeuvring, buoyancy, positioning & navigation, communications, sensor payloads, autonomy.
  • Market Forecasts 2010-2019– introduction - the existing fleet, the scenario approach, market drivers. Oil & gas sector forecasts, deepwater survey, deepwater field operations and pipelines. Hydrographic and research sectors. Submarine cable sector, military sector. Total market - units and values.
  • Appendices– Summary company profiles, hardware manufacturers & vehicle operators.
  • Reasons to Buy

  • Geared to the needs of the senior executive and assumes no previous reader knowledge of the subject area.
  • Includes selected case studies that provide examples of AUV applications.
  • Date Published

    Published 2012.

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